LONDON – Parliament ends remote working

MPs faced the bizarre spectacle of queuing for over 40 minutes in socially-distanced lines outside the House of Commons to vote for an end to voting from home on Tuesday (2 June).

Lawmakers have been using a “hybrid” system, with some in the Commons chamber, and some appearing via video link, since Parliament re-opened in mid-April. But Conservative minister Jacob Rees-Mogg has argued that Parliament cannot function properly without MPs being physically present in the chamber.

However, the government has been accused of discriminating against those who cannot attend Parliament for age or medical reasons, who will still be able to question the government remotely but not to vote. (Benjamin Fox |

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